Crazy Constructors build and test LEGO models, focusing on the work accomplished through simple machines, and learning about magnetism, torque, pulley systems, leverage, invention and design engineering along the way.
Beginning Robotics and Programming.
Kids in early elementary grades can begin learning about robotics and programming through fun, interactive, drag-and-drop programs. For robotics we have LEGO WeDo Robotics kits that allow young learners, as early as first grade, to learn the concepts behind programming a robot. For our young coders, we have developed curriculum using the MIT created Scratch Creative Computing. Also a drag and drop interface, Scratch does require some keyboarding skills more appropriate for 3rd grade and up. But all are welcome to try. Scratch is a free educational program available to anybody in the world!
Robo One students use laptop computers and a programming interface to instruct their NXT robots to move forward, backward, turn and follow lines.
Robo Two students use laptop computers and a programming interface to instruct their NXT robots to use multiple motors, plus light, touch, and sound sensors.
Robo Three students take their programming coding skills to the next level, solving specific game tasks and prepping for team competition. Students work with the EV3 and VEX platforms.
JFLL and FLL Teams.
Jr. FIRST LEGO League team members compete in the annual competition hosted at LEGOLAND in January. Members meet 6-8 dates September thru January, to build their model, participate in research field trips, and prepare their presentation based on the competition theme.
FIRST LEGO League robotics team members compete in the annual local and regional competitions during November and December. Members meet twice weekly from September thru November to build their competition robot, attend research field trips, and prepare their presentation which addresses key engineering challenges based on the competition theme.